Google to China: We've Had Enough
Jan 14, 2010, 14:34 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Facing criticism is part of the cost of doing business for
large companies, and Google is no exception. Among the chief
sources of criticism for the search giant is its accession to the
censorship demands of the People's Republic of China. The outcry
may soon see a change of tense, however, as the company has
announced an end to its cooperation.
"Google has long contended that its actions, which include
filtering thousands of banned search terms are a matter of
complying with applicable law — its operations within China
are subject to Chinese law, just as its activities in the United
Sates are governed by U.S. law. (In the case of the latter, it
complies with demands to block content subject to DMCA complaints.)
Moreover, it is a matter of practicality: As has been aptly
demonstrated by the "Great Firewall of China," ones options are
censor or be censored.
"Critics have long called for Google to end its cooperation with
the Chinese government, while the company has countered that
Chinese users would suffer greater harm from a complete block than
selective filtering. That position has changed...."